Florida Man Arrested for Threatening Brown-Waite

Posted April 19, 2010 at 1:24pm

A Florida man was arrested Sunday for allegedly leaving a death threat on Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite’s (R-Fla.) voice mail just days after she voted against the health care reform bill.

Officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office arrested Erik Lawrence Pidrman, 66, at his home in Spring Hill, Fla., according to a Monday release from the FBI in Tampa.

“This investigation is ongoing and criminal prosecution of this matter will be addressed by the United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida,” the release said.

Pidrman was expected to appear in federal court in Tampa on Monday.

On March 25, Brown-Waite’s office in Brooksville, Fla., reported that an unidentified man had left a voice mail message threatening the lawmaker’s life.
“Just wanna let you know that I have 27 people that are going to make sure this b**** does not live to see her next term. Good-bye,” the caller said, according to a release from Brown-Waite’s office last month.

Brown-Waite on Monday thanked the law enforcement officials who were involved in the investigation.

“The work that we do in Congress can be controversial, but violence is never the answer,” she said. “Before they hide behind their phones and make threats on the lives of elected officials, people need to realize that they are committing a federal offense and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Brown-Waite was one of several Members of Congress who received threats in the wake of the debate over the health care reform bill.